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OT: How do you avoid getting depressed by all the bad news in the world (Terrorism)?

It seems the news is continually filled with bad tidings: terrorism, murders, child abuse, etc. How do you cope with all the negative information? Of course I could boycott all news, but that seems extreme and I DO want to know something about what goes on in the world. Hiding my head under a rock doesn't seem to be the solution. How do YOU cope?

Fri. Aug 11, 12:02pm

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I can cope because I surrounded by the positive every day and I know that these are sensational stories and that the news doesn't report on the good stuff people are doing nearly as often as they report on the bad. The thousands of people leading quiet lives of goodness don't get nearly the attention of the few bad ones.

I am also rather discriminating about where I get my news, preferring venues that are a bit drier and more fact-driven than the over-the-top-OMG-dramaDramaDRAMA approach of say CNN or Fox news (although they can't come close to the breathless gravity of our local news). Listen to NPR and BBC and either listen to the radio or read your news - stay away from TV broadcasts (at least try this for a couple weeks and see if it helps you stay informed but not depressed).

Friday, August 11, 2006, 12:34 PM

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Sure, bad stuff happens. You keep your eye on it, you make sure it's nothing you need to worry about, and then you move on.

Bad stuff happens, but good stuff happens too- Sometimes, you just need to remind yourself that.

Remember that your chances of being killed by a terrorist are dwarfed by your chances of being killed in your car, and you're willing to take that risk every day...

Sometimes, you've just got to say "who cares?"

Friday, August 11, 2006, 12:37 PM

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I watch TV less and less. It also depends on what your reaction is to the news. Yesterday for example, we can be happy that the plot was uncovered. We can be happy that a concerned British Muslim helped to foil it. We can be happy that despite all the political carping, governments in many countries are doing a decent job of fighting terrorism. And remember that only bad news gets reported, which is the #1 reason to limit the intake of news. Especially local news.

BTW it is GORGEOUS on the east cost today. Has anyone gone for a walk yet?

Friday, August 11, 2006, 12:43 PM

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Calling NPR and the BBC fact driven is like calling Bush a liberal. They have an agenda, just like Fox has an agenda- they are just different ones.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 12:46 PM

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Well, NPR isn't comercially funded, so not ratings-driven and therefore not as sensationalistic as Fox and CNN. NPR can afford to report on a broader spectrum of news than just what will "draw viewers in."

Prayer is about the only way I can cope - saying "Who cares" is not an option for me, because I DO care.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 1:06 PM

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well how did you cope every day before the "war on terror" began? you must have known about starving children, pedophiles, domestic violence, homelessness, etc.
what i do is find (a) cause(s) that i can do something about, and then volunteer to help. for example, i volunteered at a local nursing home as a "visitor" for those who had none. i also volunteer to give blood every 60 days (one single donation can save 3 lives!!!). i offer rides to my neighbors w/o a car, or offer to pick up their shopping list for them. i donate used or unwanted gifts of clothing to local shelters. by extending yourself to those immediately around you and seeing the difference(s) that you can make in someone's life, you might focus a little less on the topics that cause you stress.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 1:11 PM

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OP here: Thanks for all the great suggestions! I intend to put some of those into effect. The local news programs are VERY negative so I think I will just stick with BBC or NPR.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 1:12 PM

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This is going to sound crass, but why care? If "caring" only serves to make you feel just guilty enough to feel bad but not guilty enough to do anything to solve the problems, then it's a waste of time, and a hollow sham.

So, stop faking it and say "who cares,"

OR join the army, join the police force, join an aid organization, give your money to charity, make a difference.

Not watching the news is just a self deluding way of saying "who cares".

If you ACTUALLY care, ACTUALLY do something. If you don't care that much, then quit complaining.

sorry to be harsh.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 1:23 PM

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How does it go.... accept the things I can not change and courage to change the things I can......

not to harsh previous poster, you spoke the truth....

Friday, August 11, 2006, 1:45 PM

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grant me the strength to accept that which I cannot change
the courage to change that which I can
and the knowledge to know the difference

Friday, August 11, 2006, 2:01 PM

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